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of women's issues. congresswoman sanchez wanted to be here. she was called in to international travel for a security conference. i am here replacing her for the time being. since the start of her career, she has been on the house armed services committee. she is currently the second- highest ranking democrat on the committee. this has been an issue that has been on her heart. she was there when the former chairman, duncan hunter, wanted women to be in the military. she continued to fight, but she was pushed to the side. this was not just by the republicans, but also by the democrats. it has been a halt -- hard- fought battle. and she heard it happens, she was definitely speechless. she did not know what to say. when we were working on the national defense authorization act and she decided to introduce an amendment, we have to work in a way where it would not come up and say, let's repeal the entire policy. let's give commanders the flexibility to assign women to wherever they need to be, wherever they meet the needs of the battle grounds. that was replaced, substituted by an amendment
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